Last month I read 5 books; 3 of them I read at the beginning of the month and then after all of the Christmas preparations were out of the way I finished up the rest.
It ought to be noted that I failed miserably at reading anything that I had picked out for my December TBR and to that end, I don’t think going into 2016, that I’m going to bother pre-selecting books to read each month.
So, without further ado, here are the books that I read in December.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The first book that I read in the month of December was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman is my all time favourite author; I absolutely loved American Gods and Stardust, and The Graveyard Book is no different. It’s definitely aimed at a younger audience but at 28 years of age, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Gaiman has a beautiful narrative voice, he describes the bizarre and unusual in such a matter of fact way as to suggest that they’re not bizarre or unusual at all. Its the easy way with which he writes about the fantastical that draws me into his writing. I just love the idea that, when you read a book of his, you can become fully immersed in the world that he’s creating because At 300 pages and a thoroughly engaging read, I devoured this book in just a couple of train commutes.
The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne
The second book that I finished in December was Holly Bourne’s The Manifesto on How to be Interesting, which I borrowed from the library (I don’t have photo of this one because I forgot to take one before returning it). I say finished in December because I actually started it in November but despite not finding this a bad book, I struggled to get through it.
I almost felt that this book had a lot of Mean Girls in it. With the whole film script feel to the narrative, I didn’t find the story particularly believable and therefore, I found it difficult to stick with the main character in her journey. Nevertheless, I thought it had a good message for teenage girls about staying true to yourself, not shutting people out and about taking risks (however small they might be) in order to be happy. It also covers topics such as sex, relationships and self harm.
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Next up is one of my most anticipated reads of 2015. I was so excited about the release of this book that I read it almost as soon as it arrived. That’s pretty unusual for me. The book in question is Marissa Meyer’s Winter; the final installment in the Lunar Chronicles series.
I had so many feels when I read this, people! I don’t usually tear up when I read a book but there were all kinds of emotions going on when I read this. Seriously, folks were giving me some strange looks on my morning train commute!
Whilst I still had some issues with the ending and how neatly things tied together, I thought that this was a solid story and was a great conclusion to the series. Thorne and Iko are by far my favourite characters; I love Thorne’s completely delusional confidence and Iko’s ability to remain spunky even in the most dire of situations.
So over all, I’d say that this book was almost exactly what I was hoping for in the conclusion because I absolutely loved it; Marissa Meyer did not disappoint!
The last two books that I read in the month of December were part of a feverish attempt for my 2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge percentage to reach a respectable level, nevertheless, I really enjoyed them both.
The first is Red’s Planet by Eddie Pittman, which I was kindly sent an electronic copy of by Abrams Books through NetGalley. The story follows Red, a restless 10 year old bent on escaping her foster family for a life in paradise. But when a UFO accidentally kidnaps her, which is definitely not what she had in mind, she finds herself a whole galaxy away from home aboard the ship of space collectors, the Aquilari.
Even though it’s likely meant for a younger audience, I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of Red’s planet. The artwork is crisp, colourful, imaginative and reminiscent of cartoons that I used to watch when I was in primary school. The story is a little thin but it has potential for later books and I look forward to following Red on her further adventures.
Red’s Planet will be released in hard copy on 19 April 2016 (UK).
Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton
So you can see that there was something of a comic book theme to the last few books that I read in December. I came across Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton on NetGalley but ended up buying all of the issues as e-comics on Amazon and I’m really glad that I did.
Oddly is half witch, half human. She’s the odd one out at school because of her green hair and her witchy side means that taking a shower is painful! When her parents go missing, Oddly has to stay with her aunt in the magical land of Fignation. Finally, she won’t be the odd one out, or will she?
Firstly, can I just say that it was an absolute pleasure reading Oddly Normal on my Tesco Hudl 2 using the Kindle App. (No, I was not sponsored to say that!) I was really surprised by the quality of the screen; the pages were bright and detailed (and of course Frampton’s art has a lot to do with that) and the comics just worked so well with the reading app.
Secondly, this is such a charming story full of imagination and whimsy. I can’t wait until Vol 3. comes out, whenever that maybe. Volumes 1 and 2 came out in 2015- go buy yourself a hard copy now!
So that’s what I read in December, what were all of you reading during the closing month of 2015?